How to write a good personal statement

A personal statement should be just that – personal. It is an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the University by expressing your interests, experiences and ambitions.

Writing a good personal statement

That said, if you stick to a few basic rules of good writing, you can produce something that looks professional and shows you in a good light. 

What to include in your personal statement:  

  • Tell us about your passion for your subject area: Why do you want to study it? What attracted you to the programme you are applying for? What do you hope to do after graduation? Why is Regent’s the right place for you to study? 

  • What have you done that shows your interest in this subject area? Do you have experience studying the subject area before? What skills do you have that makes you suitable for the programme? Tell us about any relevant work experience, voluntary work or personal projects. 

  • Tell us more about yourself – your goals, hobbies and achievements. How will these make you a great fit for the programme and for Regent’s? 

How to write your personal statement: 

Structure your statement
Clearly set out what you are going to discuss in your opening paragraph, support each point with evidence and end with a powerful conclusion. 

Edit, edit, edit 
Make sure your statement meets the required word count.  

Make every word count
Try not to repeat points you have already made. Avoid informal writing but do make sure you express yourself. 

Read your statement aloud 
Does your statement make sense and flow well? Have you chosen powerful verbs and vibrant adjectives?  

There should be no typos, spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. Get someone else to read it too. It often helps to print it out and read it on the page rather than on screen. 

Applying through UCAS?  

If you apply though UCAS, and are applying to more than one UK university, you can only upload one personal statement.  

If this is the case, make sure you don’t mention any university or programme of study by name – just talk about your chosen subject area.  

The UCAS rules on length are also very strict: your statement must be no more than 4,000 characters or 47 lines long.